UPDATED, May 23: The Memorial Day parade in Arlington is set for Monday, May 25, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Marchers will step off at Adams Street on Mass. Ave. and continue on to Monument Park in Arlington Center for observances and placing of wreathes. From there the parade will reform and proceed to Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Observances will be held honoring veterans from all wars.
Prince Hall Cemetery Memorial
At 11:30 p.m. on Memorial Day, a memorial ceremony is scheduled for the dead who lie buried in the Prince Hall Cemetery on Gardner Street. The historical society had incorrectly reported the start time as 2 p.m.
Members of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge in Dorchester will officiate, and there will be brief addresses by the Grand Master of the Lodge and by the president of the Arlington Historical Society. The public is invited. The cemetery on Gardner is near the intersection with Norcross Street.
Family expects to develop in any event
UPDATED, May 24: An estimated 300 people crowded the Hardy School Thursday, May 21, and heard 24 speakers reject the outline of a plan from a Cambridge developer for the 17-acre Mugar site.
Concerns about the impact of the 219-unit plan from Oaktree Development on flooding and traffic led to the unanimous disdain reflected in comments from all speakers. To loud applause, state Rep. Dave Rogers said that he and town officials are "uniformly and completely opposed."
At the end of the evening, Gwendolen G. Noyes, a founder and senior vice president of marketing of Oaktree, said of the Mugars: "There is no chance that they will not be doing something at the site" along Route 2.
Before the two-hour meeting, crowds, including many children, held signs on all four corners at Lake and Brooks Avenue to streams of passing traffic. Inside, as the cafeteria filled, the sounds of children chanting filtered through an open door: "Hey, hey, ho, ho -- the Mugar plan has got to go."
Oaktree organizers, who were paying for the evening, asked that the doors be closed.
Housing corporation fund at $17,800
Expected to perform at the June 10 fund-raiser, titled "Side by Side for Brookside," are at least three Arlington musicians -- Vance Gilbert, Deborah-Henson Conant and Woody Giessmann, as well as two others from Boston, Ilana Katz Katz and John Powhida.
All ticket proceeds will go to the Brookside Condominium/Arizona Terrace Fund set up by the housing nonprofit to assist those displaced by the fire.
UPDATED, May 21: As the second season of the $6.84 million Mass. Ave. Corridor project is underway, a meeting to update the public about the East Arlington job was held Thursday, May 14, attended by about 35 residents at the Thompson Elementary School, 187 Everett St.
Overall, work is on schedule.
Watch meeting on ACMi's video on demand >>
Word on Street, May 20: Sidewalk surprise
Word on Street, Adam Auster's blog, has reported that the state Department of Transportation is designing an additional sidewalk bump at the Trinity Baptist Church, is investigating the "premature spalling" of some of the sidewalk poured last fall and has delayed work several times at the request of local businesses.
Further, the team involved heard requests from residents for changes to ease the impact on residents and businesses, but expressed few specifics about addressing them.
Meanwhile, one business owner affected, Alan Tauber of the Drum Connection, pointed on the Arlington email list to a video he made showing sidewalks under construction without signs. See it above.
Residents also learned that resurfacing is due to begin in late August, involving noisy night work, and that the avenue would reach "full beneficial use" in late fall.
Read all of Auster's May 16 blog post here >>
The Arlington Youth Counseling Center (AYCC) has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation to support school-based counseling and mental health consultation for children in Arlington elementary schools.
AYCC is one of 100 local area charities to receive the Cummings 100K for 100 grant, which will be dispersed to AYCC over three years.
With this funding, AYCC will continue its important work with the Arlington public schools to expand counseling services in the elementary schools, through a partnership called Project SUCCESS.
"Art.Food.Community," a fund-raiser for Arlington EATS called "such a roaring success," drew more than 600 people attended the May 16 event, raising $12,000.
Group volunteer Susan Stewart reported the results May 20 and called the amount raised "astounding."
"Thank you to everyone," she wrote. The total raised "will more than cover our expanded summer lunch program, and we are so thankful for how many kids we are going to be able to feed during our second year of operation."
Sidewalk seating regs to be discussed June 8
UPDATED, May 24, 2015: Selectmen have laid out a summerlong timeline and process for establishing a committee to deal with issues related to the Community Preservation Act.
In other key business, Monday, May 18, the board approved, 4-0 (Joseph Curro was absent):
-- An interim comptroller, Cindy Fields, and will pay Ruth Lewis, who is retiring from the position, as a consultant during the transition; and
-- A six-member Veterans Council, who will provide advice to Veterans Services Director Jeff Chunglo.
"We expect quite a number of applicants," Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine said of the preservation-act committee, called CPAC. He said he and board Chairman Kevin Greeley worked out the recruitment process.
American Alarm expanding at Broadway Plaza
UPDATED, May 20: Right Turn, the program in Arlington that has been helping addicts since 2003, is moving from Broadway Plaza to Watertown in June, following completion of a lease agreement May 14.
"We will double our space" and increase parking at the new location, at 440 Arsenal St., once the move occurs in mid-June, said Woody Giessmann, founder and CEO.
American Alarm & Communications is expanding its operation into the vacated space.
Right Turn came into Arlington Center quietly in 2003 -- "five of us huddled together," Giessmann said in an interview May 8, and aimed for "a kind, gentle, warm connectivity" with addicts.
"Build it, and they will come," he said of plans back then, and people needing help did come.
Signaling the expansion over 12 years, the number of employees has increased to 34. Among them are three doctors, nine therapists and a clinical director, all at Broadway Plaza, plus interns from several neighboring colleges, including Boston and Lesley universities.
These employees squeeze into six offices and six group rooms, but it's insufficient. All look forward to moving day, expected to be June 13, to the brick building next to Roma Tile next to Roma Tile and down the street from the Arsenal Mall.
Eli Shear-Baggish, a 12-year-old Arlington resident, competed in the 2015 North American School Scrabble Championship May 16-17 at the Hasbro Worldwide Headquarters in Pawtucket, R.I.
He and his teammate won trophies for fifth place overall -- among a total of 58 teams -- and for sixth-grade win.
In one outstanding performance, they beat their opponents, from Texas, by a score of 506-232.
Shear-Baggish is a student at the Lesley Ellis School in Arlington, while his teammate, Jem Burch, is home-schooled and lives in Los Angeles, Calif.
The two boys, who called their team "Thunder and Lightning," were paired by Scrabble coach Cornelia Guest and had been playing Scrabble online together for the last several months in preparation for the tournament.
On Friday night, May 15, just before the weekend tournament was the first time that they met face to face.
The tournament is an annual event for young people -- two players per team from grades four through eight -- representing schools and other youth organizations from across the United States and Canada.